FORREST’S resurgence in 2015-16 Polwarth tennis has continued with an upset win over third-placed Pennyroyal in a thriller.
Last season’s grand finalist looks set to secure a finals berth following the 50-43, six-sets-to-three, victory.
Forrest was dwindling at the bottom of Polwarth A Grade tennis halfway through the season, before three-straight wins propelled the side to fourth.
The outfit snuck over the line on Saturday without the experience of Mark Murnane in the contest at Pennyroyal.
Pennyroyal’s Rhiannon White won both her sets with Nicole Beatty and Faith Parsons, while Forrest’s men, Khan and Max Beckett and Josh DeJong were in top form.
But Forrest proved too strong in the mixed rubbers to break away with a three-set victory.
“They were really tough conditions, it was extremely hot, it was only about 30-odd degrees, but on the court it always feels a bit hotter,” Murnane said.
“The breeze came up in the mixed sets which was nice, but apart from that it was a bit of struggle.
“All the sets were extremely close, we were fantastic in the three men’s rubbers and we just got over the line, but the tennis was outstanding.
“Rhiannon White and Nicole Beatty were outstanding players for Pennyroyal in the women’s and we went down 2-1, but our men were really strong.”
Murnane said the side was focused on taking each set as it comes in the remaining two matches against Colac Lawn Black and Kawarren to ensure Forrest remained in the top four.
“We’re just taking each set as it comes and trying to win as many as we can because at the end of the day the sets are what counts for points,” she said.
In other A Grade matches at the weekend, top-of-the-table Colac Lawn White had a convincing eight-sets-to-one, 51-16, win against Warncoort, while Colac Lawn Black easily accounted for Kawarren 55-32, eight-sets-to-one.